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I (Linda) have completed all four challenges, along with four of the Acheivements: Time Traveler, Around the World in 80 Days, Trend Setter, and Over Achiever. Of the 38 books read, nearly all of them were already on the TBR shelf or on our WL. The only book purchased because of the challenge was The Count of Monte Cristo and that's probably my favorite of all books read. My two least favorite books were Angle of Repose, "highbrow" lit (what does that say about me?) and Our Lives Are the Rivers, South American continent. Had it not been for the challenge these might have been a DNF.
I truly enjoyed the rest of the challenge books, esp. Outback and Trade Wind form the Small World challenge.
The time line challenge drew me into "new" settings. After reading Dark North (0-500 AD) I've ordered and/or wish listed other books about Roman Britain.
Genghis had been on the TBR shelf for several months, one of those "I should really read this one of these days" kind of book. Not only did the challenge move it front and center, I also bought Lords of the Bow and found a category for it (1200s, 1300s)
Other favorites from the Challenge books:
Luncheon of the Boating Party (Europe)
Claude and Camille (Name of Love)
Lily Cigar (new-to-me author/ Challenge 4 - It's all relative)
Quickenberry Tree (recommended by a forum friend)
Road to Jerusalem (translation)
Queen of Swords by Tarr (wild women)
Cape Cod (proud to be an American)
Byzantium (800-1000 AD)
Daughter of the Red Deer (pre 500 BC)
Hand of Isis (ancient Egypt/Rome)
In conclusion - Thank you, Christa for creating this great challenge for 2011.
You are very welcome, Linda! I am amazed that you have finished the challenge in just under half a year! I think I will leave this thread for all of us to congratulate you on your awesome accomplishment, and start a new thread for everyone to give a mid-year update on how they are doing.
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Linda, well done!! (Kelly, you crack me up!)
What a nice assessment of the books you read for the challenge. I think our next challenge (for those of us who also finish) is to emulate Linda's synopsis...in other words, share the best and the worst!